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IELTS Speaking Sample 50

IELTS Speaking Mock Test # 50

Part 1: Introduction & Interview

Q. What is your full name?
A. Umm... my full name is Darwin Lesmana, but you can call me "Darwin".

Q. Can I see your ID?
A. Sure, here is my ID.

Q. Do you work or study?
A. I currently work at a local retail company in Jakarta as an Accountant. I have finished my graduation a couple of years ago and since then I am working for this company.

Q. Where are you from and how long have you been living there?
A. I am originally from Bandung, a small city located in the southern part of Jakarta. However, I am currently living in Jakarta. I was born in Bandung and also grew up there. But after I graduated from high school, I moved to Jakarta. So I lived in Bandung for about 17 years.

Q. Do you like it there?
A. Yes, I love this city very much. The city has comfortable weather and a great natural view unlike many other cities in my country. It offers a safe and fascinating living experience and the crime rate is pretty low there. Good friends and neighbours in this city make it worth living in harmony and peace.

Now let's talk about "history"...

Q. Do you like history?
A. Yes, I do like history a lot. I read different history books whenever I get a chance, and important historic events often fascinate me as a reader. I'm passionate about learning important historical events and prominent personalities who have had changed the world we see today.

Q. How often do you watch historical movies or documentaries?
A. I mostly like to read books related to history. But sometimes, I watch TV documentaries and movies based on real-events to learn more about history. Some of the programmes on the History Channel are quite captivating and I watch them regularly on TV. I often use the YouTube application on my TV to watch history-related documentaries.

Q. Can you name a historical personality that you would like to learn about? [Why?]
A. Well, I would like to study further about one of the greatest leaders in the world - Alexander the Great. I have always wanted to learn more about this significantly important historic personality but had not got the chance to explore his life. I hope I will do that soon.

Q. Why would you like to learn about him/her?
A. The reason I am curious about Alexander is that he was a visionary man, and he had been a successful leader apart from being a conquerer. He inspired his soldiers in a way which was so rare and the way he treated his enemies is something extraordinary. I would like to know what inspired him to keep on winning battles after battles and how he coped with conspiracies and politics all around him. With his great leadership quality, he had been one of the most prominent personalities in world history and I want to learn everything about him and his life.


Part 2 - Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card


Describe a person who is special or means a lot to you.

You should say:

  • how you meet him/her
  • describe this person
  • what you usually do together

and explain why this person is so special to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Click here for the answer to this Cue Card Topic


Part 3: Details Discussion

Topic: Family and relationship:

Q. How is our family special to us?
A. Family is special to us because family is from where we begin our lives and family is where we always like to come back to at the end of the day no matter where we are. Family is what supports us financially, psychologically, socially and emotionally in order to help us grow and become responsible citizens. Finally, the family is what provides us with a sense of “belongingness” into this world to carry on with our lives when everybody else “pushes” us aside.

Q. How has the size of the average family changed in your country in the last few decades?
A. In the last few decades, the size of the average family has decreased remarkably in Indonesia. There are several reasons for this change. The first reason is the city-centric lifestyle and the rise in expenses. The second reason is that the women in the last few decades have become more interested in pursuing their career than getting married and starting a family at an “early” age. With an average of only 2 children per family, elder grandparents or unmarried siblings, of course, can join the “nuclear” family today, but it is certainly not as common as it used to be before a few decades.

Q. How do you think families will change in the future?
A. In the future, families will get smaller and smaller with fewer children. There will be even more single-parent families. More and more children will have stepbrothers and sisters as the number of divorces will increase due to the changes in socio-economic conditions of the families. Besides, because of better living standards along with better health and medical technologies, people will live longer and therefore most children will get to see their great-grandparents (and even great-great-grandparents) and live with them. Finally, it can also happen that due to the increase in living expenses, different generations of people will live under the same roof in future.

Topic: Meeting people:

Q. How do people in your country usually make friends?
A. People in my country are generally very friendly, and therefore, it doesn’t exactly take much of an effort to make friends in Indonesia. Young people in my country usually make friends in their schools and universities, and some of them make new friends on the internet these days. Some people also make friends at their workplaces while others make friends at the places of worship such as mosques and churches. We can even make friends at shops and markets in Indonesia, and all we need for that is to just say a sincere “hello” and pleasant behaviour.

Q. Is it easy to make new friends these days than they were in the past? Why?/why not?
A. I would say that it is easier to make friends these days than it was in the past mainly because more and more people are getting outside of their homes and towns in order to explore the unknown world around them and earn their livings which almost inevitably results in meeting with more and more people. Besides, mobile phone technologies and the internet today have also made it rather easy to make friends because with the help of them, people today can communicate with each other very easily and almost instantaneously.

Q. What qualities are generally required to become good friends?
A. A good friend should have many different good qualities, but generally speaking, one should be respectful, honest, loyal and trustworthy in order to be considered as a good friend. Besides, one should also be “dependable” so that others can rely upon him or her during the time of dire stress and needs. Finally, in order to be considered as a good friend, a person should also be patient and intelligent so that he or doesn’t become angry or mad when any misunderstanding or unpleasant situation threaten the friendship.

[ Written by - Darwin Lesmana ]

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